Howie K over at Down With Tyranny just sent out an email talking about his ideas for a song that he’s produced. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Howie, he is a retired record company executive who has devoted himself tirelessly to taking back Congress in 2006. You can learn more about Howie and his activism in this Kid Oakland piece.
Anyway, Howie has been one of Jerry McNerney’s staunchest supporters, and he has an idea for a way that he can help out in the CA-11 race. I’ll let him explain it in his own words.
A couple months ago I was able to get Rickie Lee Jones and a couple of the guys from the Squirrel Nut Zippers do write and record a song. I want to tell you about it but please give it a listen first; it's only 2:45.So give the song a listen, and if you’d like to help Howie get it on the air in CA-11, go to his ActBlue page and show him some love.
We're doing our best to get it on the radio so people start to get familiar with it and we've offered it for free download on MySpace and in 2 weeks it will be available for free on all the big digital services. The goal, though-- and why you've gotten this e-mail from me-- is a little more involved. We've made 30 second radio spots out of the song. For targeted districts, with particularly terrible incumbents and particularly excellent challengers (like Jerry McNerney taking on Dirty Dick Pombo in Northern California and Victoria Wulsin taking on Mean Jean Schmidt in Ohio) we've replaced the line "it's time to throw the rascals out" with "it's time to throw Pombo out" or "it's time to throw Mean Jean out."
The districts we're targeting are not in New York City or L.A. or Chicago or Boston or other expensive media markets. Many are in remote rural districts, what we call "dollar a holla" media markets. A very little bit of money can go a relatively long way. Our hope is to get our ads up on the radio during October. I'm trying to raise $250,000.
We all give in our own way and I'm not saying this way is better than any other way. But if you can spare some money for this, I promise you it will be used well. And, like I said, even a small contribution helps. The easiest way to donate to our Blue America PAC is to do it online through ActBlue. It's the second box, right under Mike Acuri-- Blue America PAC. If you don't like giving like that you can send a check to Blue America PAC, PO Box 27201, Los Angeles, CA 90027.
If you want to read more about the song, I did a blog about it here.
[Update: I forgot to mention that Howie will be doing a live-blogging interview with Jerry McNerney as part of his ongoing series over at firedoglake tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. I know he'd appreciate it if you showed up with questions for Jerry.]